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BOCSAR research finds no correlation between crime and Kings Cross injecting centre

Mon Sep 06 2010

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published the results of its study into the incidence of robbery, property crime and drug offences in the vicinity of King Cross's Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC), which opened in May 2001. The report concluded that "no evidence was found that the MSIC has had a negative impact on robbery, property crime or drug offences in King Cross LAC". Learn more>

6 September 2010

Fiduciary relationships in commercial arrangements after White City (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Sep 03 2010

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Robert Angyal SC on "Fiduciary relationships in commercial arrangements following the High Court's White City decision". The address will take place on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

13 September 2010

Historic architectural drawings for Denman Chambers

Thu Sep 02 2010

Acting Justice Bryson and Mr Malcolm Levy, project director in the Department of Justice and Attorney General have graciously allowed the Bar Association to display architectural drawings and specifications for the construction of Denman Chambers, occupied as Barristers' Chambers in Phillip Street from the 1880s until demolished in the 1970s.� These architectural drawings and specifications - covering the period 1881-1883 - are available for viewing during September and early October at Bar Association premises. Afterwards, the Mitchell Library will assume responsibility for their ongoing conservation. To ensure appropriate care and conservation of the drawings, viewing is by appointment only.� Please contact the Bar Association's Reception on ph:(02) 9232 4055.

2 September 2010

Changes to the Legal Aid NSW Civil Law Consumer Protection Policy

Thu Sep 02 2010

Legal Aid NSW has made a number of amendments to its Civil Law Consumer Protection Policy to accommodate the introduction of the new national consumer protection framework introduced on 1 July 2010. Among other things, changes include the alignment of the policies relating to state and commonwealth consumer protection matters, and the introduction of a policy in relation to external dispute resolution. For further details, please see Policy Bulletin 2010 No 8-10 (Consumer Protection Matters).

2 September 2010

Dates for your Diary: New South Wales Bar Association 2011 CPD Conferences

Thu Sep 02 2010

The New South Wales Bar Association will hold five regional conferences throughout February and March 2011, to assist members in meeting their annual CPD requirement. All conferences run from 8.00am to 6.20pm and full attendance will attract 10 CPD points. Conferences will be held at: North Coast: Saturday, 12 February, Ramada Hotel & Suites, Ballina Newcastle: Saturday, 19 February, Crowne Plaza Orange: Saturday, 26 February, Turner’s Vineyard Parramatta: Saturday, 12 March, Crowne Plaza Sydney: Saturday, 26 March, Sofitel Further details will be issued in future editions of In Brief. Please contact Jo Musumeci (ph: 02 9229 1722, jmusumeci@nswbar.asn.au) if you have any questions regarding the conferences or your CPD requirement.

2 September 2010

The Bar Association premises to be refurbished over Christmas

Wed Sep 01 2010

The Bar Association will upgrade the Common Room and general offices over the 2010/2011 Christmas period. Bar Council decided to carry out work at that time so that it would coincide with a Building Codes of Australia upgrade. Existing facilities are obsolete and have reached the end of their design life. The refurbishment will provide more flexible use of space, better quality air conditioning and increased security - all in compliance with OH&S requirements.�

The Common Room will be closed from 1 November 2010.� The general offices will relocate to the Counsel's Chambers hearing rooms on Level 1 during the week 6-10 December 2010. The Library will also be closed from 10 December 2010 to allow for work on the airconditioning plant to be carried out.

1 September 2010

New code of conduct for representatives of children

Wed Sep 01 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos has launched an advisory committee and code of conduct to govern the role of representatives of children and other vulnerable people in legal proceedings. Many of the principles contained in the proposed code of conduct form part of the present New South Wales Barristers' Rules. The Guardian ad Litem Professional Advisory Committee will have representatives of the Children’s Court, the Supreme Court and the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT). There will be a Guardian ad Litem web site to provide information to the panel, courts and tribunals, solicitors and the public. Learn more>

3 September 2010

2010 Rule of Law in Australia Conference - The rule of law, the courts and constitutions

Wed Sep 01 2010

The rule of law: everyone supports it. But what are the challenges confronting it in Australia and how should the legal profession, legislators, judicial officers and law reform commissioners respond? Members are invited to the 2010 Rule of Law in Australia Conference - The rule of law, the courts and constitutions, a conference organised by the Bar Association and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, to be held on Saturday, 6 November 2010, 9.00am-2.00pm at the Intercontinental, Sydney.

The list of distinguished speakers and chairpersons includes:� the Honourable J D Heydon AC; Chief Justice J J Spigelman AC; The Hon Justice P Brereton AM; The Right Honourable Lord Goldsmith QC PC; Nicholas Cowdery AM QC; Professor George Williams. Places are limited so book now. � If you have any questions regarding the 2010 Rule of Law in Australia Conference please contact Katie Hall on 9229 1720.

5 October 2010

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Wed Sep 01 2010

The following cases were selected by V Kline for reporting in FCR:

Murray v Western Australia� [2010] FCA 595 Sports Warehouse Inc v Fry Consulting Pty Ltd� [2010] FCA 664 Keynes v Rural Directions Pty Ltd [2010] FCAFC 100 SZMWQ v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCAFC 97 Auskay International Manufacturing and Trade Pty Ltd v Qantas Airways Ltd� [2010] FCAFC 96 Transmarket Trading Pty Ltd v Sydney Futures Exchange Ltd [2010] FCA 534 Re Timeshare Resort Club Ltd (in liq)� [2010] FCA 673

SZNZL v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCA 621 Tiver v Official Trustee in Bankruptcy [2010] FCA 620 Cement Australia Pty Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2010] FCAFC 101 QGC Pty Ltd v Bygrove [2010] FCA 659 Cassaniti v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [2010] FCA 641 Suyen Corporation v Americana International Ltd [2010] FCA 638

1 September 2010

15 Bobber: the Hon Associate Justice Philip Hallen

Tue Aug 31 2010

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Associate Justice Philip Hallen to the Supreme Court of NSW will be held on Friday, 24 September 2010. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.15pm with the speeches beginning at 5.30pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the Bar Association by 3.00pm Thursday, 23 September. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25. Download a registration form and return it with payment to the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY or fax 9221 1149.

Please contact Katie Hall on ph (02) 9229 1720 if you have any questions regarding the 15 Bobbers.

22 September 2010

15 Bobber: his Honour Judge Ross Letherbarrow SC

Tue Aug 31 2010

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of his Hon Judge Ross Letherbarrow SC to the District Court of NSW will be held on Friday, 17 September 2010. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the Association by 3.00pm Thursday, 16 September. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25. Download a registration form and return it with payment to the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY or fax 9221 1149.

Please contact Katie Hall on ph (02) 9229 1720 if you have any questions regarding the 15 Bobbers.

10 September 2010

Registrations close 12 noon tomorrow: 2010 Criminal Justice Reform Conference - Friday, 10 September 2010

Tue Aug 31 2010

This conference, convened by Bar Council, will consider the practical problems arising during criminal trials and sentencing of offenders in New South Wales. The principal purpose of this conference is to bring the immediate procedural needs of our criminal justice system to the attention of both government and opposition. The pre-election law and order debate has already commenced and this conference will enable the Bar Association to distil and then to inject some sound proposals for reform to criminal procedure into that debate.

The half-day conference will be a wholly in-house forum in which members of the Bar will discuss the problems of and proposals for improving our criminal justice system. Drinks will follow in the common room. This is a free event, however, registration is required. All members of the Bar are most welcome. For further details download a registration form.

8 September 2010

Calling all Indigenous solicitors and law graduates

Mon Aug 30 2010

The Indigenous Barristers’ Trust The Mum Shirl Fund is run through the New South Wales Bar Association to provide financial and other support for Indigenous law students and lawyers, especially barristers. The National Indigenous Legal Conference is being held in Canberra on 1 and 2 October 2010 and the trust is pleased to announce that it will provide funds to attend the conference for Indigenous law graduates working as NSW solicitors, recent graduates currently working for a law firm, LAC, ALS etc, undertaking the College of Law or equivalent or doing their PLT.

This funding will cover travel costs to and from Canberra, reasonable accommodation and the cost of the conference and conference dinner. A Friday evening pre-dinner social function will be held for all NSW delegates hosted by the trust.

To apply for funding, please send a short email to Cindy Penrose by Monday 6 September 2010, setting out your reasons for wanting to attend the conference.

30 August 2010

TONIGHT: Thursday 16 September - Suncorp: Risk Management

Sun Aug 29 2010

Suncorp has been invited to address the Bar on ‘Risk Management’. The seminar will comprise two parts: Claims Statistics at a Glance (Trends & Losses, Nature of Claims, The Do’s and Don’t’s, if you have a Claim) and Risk Management (Risk Management Strategy, The Do’s and Don’t’s, to avoid a Claim). For more details, download a flyer.

16 September 2010

International Copyright - A European Perspective (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Aug 27 2010

Members are invited to an informative session on Thursday, 2 September at 5:30pm about international copyright issues, from a European perspective. Topics will include Europe’s reaction to the Google Book Settlement, and alternative approaches such as Europeana and the Accessible Registries of Rights Information and Orphan Works (ARROW).

Speaker: Olav Stokkmo, CEO - International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) Chair: Jim Alexander, CEO - Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) When: Thursday, 2nd September, 5:30pm (registrations) Where: CAL, Lvl 15, 233 Castlereagh St, Sydney

For more information and how to book, please visit www.copyright.asn.au/events/f2010n04

27 August 2010

TONIGHT: Tuesday 7 September - Appearing in Coronial Inquests

Fri Aug 27 2010

In 2009, the New South Wales Parliament followed a number of other states and territories in revising and modernising its coronial legislation with the enactment of the Coroners Act 2009 (NSW). Experienced practitioners in this area and newcomers alike will benefit from this presentation by two of the most senior members of the State Coroner's Court (Her Honour Magistrate M S Jerram, State Coroner of New South Wales, and His Honour Magistrate H C B Dillon, Deputy State Coroner). Those who attend will benefit from a discussion with a practical focus as to practice, and changes to practice, in this most ancient of jurisdictions. For further details, download a flyer.

7 September 2010

Lawyers in the Second World War

Thu Aug 26 2010

In March of this year In Brief published Tony Cunneen's request for help in identifying members of the legal profession who served in the Second World War or were involved in war related activities (such as the Red Cross or war crimes trials). Tony was deluged with e-mail (or was it bombarded?) and he has completed an updated list.

Tony would like to thank the many people who supplied information and the draft Honour Roll has been updated and expanded to include a great deal of new material. The new list is supplied for the interest and comment of the bar.

"I am still looking for further information and particularly photos from their service days of the men named in the Honour Roll for an accompanying article, so if there are any available that people are willing to share then please contact me", said Tony.

Anyone with relevant information is invited to contact Tony providing names, service information, fate, legal career and sources for further information.

26 August 2010

Appointment to the Local Court

Thu Aug 26 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos has announced the appointment of Megan Greenwood as a magistrate of the Local Court. She will be sworn in on 27 September 2010. Further details regarding the swearing in will be provided as soon as they become available.

"For the past ten years, Ms Greenwood has served with distinction as a court registrar with the Supreme and Land and Environment Courts," Mr Hatzistergos said. " Learn more >

26 August 2010

Australian Professional Indemnity Group National Conference (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Aug 25 2010

Members are invited to attend the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG's) National Conference on 6 September 2010 at Dockside, Cockle Bay. Bar Association Members can claim a special introductory discount - pay just $370 for the one day conference. Attendance at the full programme will attract six points.

APIG provides an excellent forum for people involved in professional indemnity and directors’ & officers’ insurance to come together to exchange ideas with leaders in the field. Hear about issues that directly affect some of the complexities that face professional lines practitioners. �

Topics

The Global Insurance Market from Duncan West, CEO of CGU (keynote) Contagion Exposure - The Asbestos for Financial Lines Underwriting Agencies - A growing and innovative segment� Electronic Commerce Capabilities Cyber Crime Liability, insights from the Crime Commission The State of the Market a powerful panel discussion No Kidnap & Ransom Insurance ?� How bad can it get ?� With Nigel Brennan, freelance journalist held hostage in Somalia� for 462 days, as seen on� ABC’s "Australian Story" 2010. � Plus, a special D & O Fundamentals workshop.�

The conference will be followed by the Gala Dinner� that usually attracts well over 400.

For details on how to claim your discount and registration contact Rosie Traill on 02 9449 8919 or 0405 136 001.

25 August 2010

Humanitarian Law Perspectives Seminar 2010 (ADVERTISEMENT)

Wed Aug 25 2010

Australian Red Cross and Mallesons Stephen Jaques will hold their annual Humanitarian Law Perspectives seminar on Monday, 6 September 2010 from 6.00pm at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney. This year's seminar is entitled "Nowhere to Hide? Universal Jurisdiction and Impunity from International Crimes", and will address issues and debates relating to the exercise of universal jurisdiction, considering questions arising at both the national and international level. Guest speakers at the event will be Professor Gillian Triggs (Dean of the Faculty of Law, Sydney University) and Sir Kenneth Keith (current judge of the International Court of Justice).� The 2010 HLP seminar is free, but bookings are essential.� For further information contact Branka Gajic at bgajic@redcross.org.au

25 August 2010

TONIGHT - Wednesday 25 August: Richard of Anstey and the Sackville Inheritance

Wed Aug 25 2010

This lecture will be presented by The Hon John P Bryson QC and chaired by The Hon Justice P W Young AO, and is co-sponsored by the Selden Society and the Forbes Society in conjunction with the New South Wales Bar Association. Richard of Anstey's claim to inherit his late uncle's manors took five years to reach decision by King Henry II and�there were many�delays and adjournments,� procedural manoeuvres, irrelevant arguments, interlocutory appeals, overseas journeys,�masses of documents, doubtful law and enormous expense and trouble. There was no restraint in this family conflict. Richard attacked his niece's legitimacy and she responded with claims of fraud in high places. Some constants of litigation were present in the Twelfth Century. For more details download a flyer.

25 August 2010